Special to the Register & Bee

Two Danville educators recently were awarded national recognition for their innovative approach to literacy instruction

Laura Graser, of O.T. Bonner Middle School, and Kammara Scott, of Park Avenue Elementary School, were named Achieve3000 PRO Educators.

The award recognizes teachers who help students accelerate their literacy growth.

Graser and Scott have been using Achieve3000’s solutions in their classrooms for about two years with struggling, grade-level and advanced readers, as well as those in need of special education services. Both teachers acknowledged students’ motivation can be a challenge in the classroom.

In order to keep her students engaged and celebrate their learning, Graser holds monthly competitions with rewards for the student who completes six reading lessons each month. Scott takes the time to examine each student’s performance in her class and then reviews that performance during individual conference sessions. She also uses student performance data to understand who is struggling and then plans future lessons to address her students’ needs.

Stuart Udell, CEO of Achieve3000, explained the intent of the initiative.

“With the majority of 4th and eighth grade students across the U.S. falling below proficient levels in reading on the NAEP assessment, we at Achieve3000 believe these teachers deserve to be celebrated as national models of high-quality, highly-effective literacy instruction,” Udell said.

Achieve3000 PRO Educators receive benefits including membership in the PRO Educator Network, access to free student prizes, special webinars and leadership sessions and $300 travel vouchers for the National Literacy Summit scheduled in November at Disney’s Coronado Resort.

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